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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tuesday, September 28, 1971- Maurice Weslwu Job for Conservatives The recent debacle in Lelhbriclge over Ihe issue of a iluoriclation pleb- iscite suggests a job for tbc new Progres s i v e Conservative govern- ment in Alberta. In keeping with its image ol sophistication it should con- sider removing all archaic laws from (lie books. A good place to begin with this house cleaning would he the law that requires a plebiscite before a com- munity can have its -Hater supply fluoridated. No other public health measure requires the consent ol the electorate before being put into ef- fect. Fluoridation ought to be treated in the same way as chlormation. Requiring people to vote on some- thing that is outside their competence lo judge is simply an invitation lo the scare mongers to move in. They are always ready to take lo (lie po- dium whenever an opportunity is af- forded and they have made the most of this one. AH sorts of wild and unsubstantiated charges have been made and continue to be aboul the dangers inherent in fluori- dation. Thus a health measure ap- proved by the vast majority of peo- ple qualified to assess it and sup- ported by repeated research is made into a divisive issue. Petitions and plebiscites on fluori- dalion are an unwarranted expense and an unwholesome source of con- tentioiisness. A government made up of reasonable men, unhampered by commitments made in a lime when doubts about fluoridation were seem- ingly legitimate, should recognize the unwisdom of the law requiring a plebiscite on fluoridation and should move uuickly to eliminate it. New evidence to consider Recently two U.S. scientists report- ed what they thought to be the first evidence of brain damage to animals exposed to marijuana over Jong per- iods. The researchers stressed thai they do not know whether marijuana effects on rats are applicable to hu- mans but they suggested doctors watch for signs of tremors and con- vulsions in palienls who have been users ot marijuana over a length of lime. These findings tie in with an ear- lier report Ihis year, when Dr. Har- vey director of Ihe stu- dent psychiatric clinic at the Uni- versity of California in Berkley, a scientist who at one time had advo- cated legalization of marijuana, re- versed his opinions and now warns that the drag may have harmful long- range effects. His present stand is the result of treating about 500 stu- dents over the last five years. Dr. Powelson now says marijuana appears io have a cumulative effect. Used regularly for periods of six months lo a vear il sometimes re- sults in chronic changes similar to those seen in patients with organic brain diseases moments of lucidity inter-mixed with loss of function. Two oilier psychiatrists stated re- cently in the American Medical As- sociation journal thai they had found hithcrlo normal youngsters suffering serious psychological disturbances following regular smoking of mari- juana, without Hie use of other drugs Their findings based on a group of young people between the ages of 13 and 2-1 showed some became psycho- tic, others attempted suicide, while still others showed disturbances ran- ging from excessive sexual promis- cuity lo delusions of grandeur. Special groups such as the federal government's commission on youth, who arc loudly advocating the legal- ization of marijuana, should take ser- ious note of these recent findings. While they may not be conclusive, they indicate there is a greater dan- ger than (hose who would like lo see its legalization would have us btlievc. NATO stays in Malta An agreement in principle for Ihe continued use by Great Britain and her NATO partners of the naval base at Malta has been concluded. Malta will get more money, but somewhat less than she had asked. Some NATO countries, including Canada, have promised to assist in developmental projects. The accord should put to rest the new Maltese government's claim that Britain has no right lo in- vite her NATO partners to use the strategic naval base. Britain and her NATO associates have evidently come to the conclu- sion that because of Soviet naval expansion in the Mediterranean, it is essential lo retain the base at Malta for their use. But there is still talk that Malta's premier Dom Mintoff would like the Soviets lo use it loo and Ihat he will be Irving lo make provision for Ihis in Ihe discussions leading up to a firm accord which is expected in about six months. If this is the case, one can only conclude thai the fiery premier has an exaggerated impression of the size of the Grand Harbor, and a mistaken idea of NATO's tolerance. He has a good thing going for him now. He would be foolish in the extreme if he were to jeopardize it by playing both ends against the middle. Home's hidden treasures Margaret Liickhursl TJEFORE our coucli went out to be pro- fessionally shampooed recently I de- cided to give it a good frisking. Ycu know, fetching away down behind the cushions and reaching into (lie light corners of the lining covering the New nat- urally I vacuum these crevices pretty regularly but to get Ihat deep-down clean- ing job it's important to go at it bare- handed. And it's a good thing 1 dirl for t came up with quite a haul. A font- ball schedule-, a sterling silver baretle (slightly larnished) someone's jollcr pen (it still writes) (wo pair of nail clippers, a baby's soother land our granddaughter is now five years old) and a variety of items which were not very interesting such as gum wrappers, a single sock, dried up cheesies and an assortment of hair clips and bobby pins. The couches and chairs didn't get so cluttered years ago when the kids were lit- tle because they had a little game wilh this sunken treasure. All small change, such as quarters, climes and nickels which slid from Daddy's and visitor's pockets automatically became a finder's keeper's deal when retrieved. But as tlie kids grew older and more aware of the limited purchasing power of small change the game became less popu- lar. They discovered Ihat folding money has a habit of sticking lo pockcls, and thereafter less -interest was exhibited in digging inlo Ihe couches. Tn their ci-cdil, in Uieir senior teens when Uicy began lo understand ihc cosl ol higher education, if Uiey did accidentally come across a quar- ter hiding under a cushion Ihcy generously turned it over to their Dad with some- thing akin to a look of compassion in thcir cycs. it may sound ar> if I'm a prclly indifferent hinisckccpcr but this isn't quite so. 1 like I lungs I can see neat and tidy but I can't .sec1 dmvn couches